Crawley Live Column, Spring 2022

Since 2020, COVID-19 has drastically cut the council’s sources of income, leading to the cross-party cuts agreed last year, the only cuts made during my time as Leader. While the pandemic lingers on, I’m pleased to say that with hard work, we’ve managed to a deliver a budget this year which is balanced and yet won’t require any further cuts.

For all the restrictions, the last year has been busy for the council. We’ve brought forward major investment in the town’s physical and digital infrastructure. The completion of the new Town Hall and renting of its commercial space will provide a big boost to the council’s ability to pay for services and reduce the burden on council taxpayers. We’ve also overseen millions of pounds of grant funding going into providing new employment and training opportunities in Crawley, helping those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and providing better career options for the town as a whole.

Alongside this we’ve been stepping up the efforts to create a cleaner, greener Crawley, with the first stage of the town’s District Heat Network now fully up and running, a better bike network helping both cyclists and motorists get where they’re going faster, green investment in Manor Royal, and Crawley Borough Council passing a comprehensive plan for reaching Net Zero.

The last few years have been tough, but looking ahead, we can be confident that Crawley is moving in the right direction again and its best days are still yet to come.

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